From a distance, Karaweik Hall might be mistaken for a huge golden mythical creature floating upon Kandawgyi Lake. Move in a bit closer and it is easier to see that this structure has been built by man; an impressive monument featuring two graceful birds and a highly ornate Burmese-style roof.
Constructed in 1972, Karaweik Hall was designed to emulate the Pyi Gyi Mon Royal Barge, which was used by Burmese kings of the past to travel around Myanmar. Although it might appear to be floating and made of wood, it is actually a concrete structure that is firmly anchored in place.
All that glitters
Covered in gold gilding, Karaweik Hall is an impressive sight by day and is even a more enchanting vision when illuminated at night. The lights reflect off the water and the building's gold exterior creating a shimmering effect and a captivating scene. Enjoy the view of this elegant structure by taking a stroll along the boardwalk that winds around the lake.
Inside Karaweik Hall you'll find a host of theatres, restaurants, reception halls and conference rooms. Also on display is an exhibition of traditional Burmese handicrafts and costumes. An extensive buffet is available offering a delicious selection of Chinese, Burmese and Western food. There's also a variety of entertainment to enjoy such as a Burmese puppet show, an elephant dance and a traditional Burmese dance.
Hours & admission
The entertainment begins around 6.30pm and continues on until about 9.30pm. Most people who come for the entertainment like to dress up for the evening – so you'll probably feel more comfortable if you do so too. The complex also hosts private engagements such as weddings and corporate functions.
Admission to Karaweik Hall is 30,000 MMK (34 AUD). You'll pay a total of around 20,000 MMK (23 AUD) for a buffet meal, a few drinks and entertainment.